Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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March 27, 2014

CHS Soccer: Tigers fall to North Dallas 1-0 in overtime in area playoffs

WAXAHACHIE —  If you blinked you would have missed it.

It was just that quick, just that sudden. Like a shot in the dark.

It was the North Dallas goal that beat Corsicana 1-0 in the boys Class 4A area soccer playoffs and ended the Tigers’ breakthrough season.

It came with 5:12 left in the first of two 10-minute overtime periods on a windy night in Waxahachie, where the Tigers did everything but win the game.

“Sometimes it’s your day and sometimes it isn’t your day,’’ Corsicana Coach Stan Jones said. “Today just wasn’t our day.’’

Still, Jones’ kids played with grit and courage and handled everything North Dallas threw at them, erasing one challenge after another during 40 minutes of regulation and then even in OT. Corsicana played with a man short in the final 10-minute overtime and didn’t allow anything to the Bulldogs, who had the wind.

Goalkeeper Laine Hildebrand had a huge night in the net, saving several shots, including two one-on-one lasers that he gabbed as he went diving to the turf.

The Tigers spent the night diving and leaping in a game that was physical as any they had played all year.

The backline of defenders were magnificent, especially  Ryan Condley and Jesus Barreto. Condley came out of nowhere time and time again to stop shots by the Bulldogs and Barreto seemed to be in two places at once at times. On one play, he zipped in, stole the ball, dribbled past two defenders and then leaped over a North Dallas player before pushing the ball up the field.

The Tigers had their moments Thursday.

They just didn’t get their goal — the one that would have saved their season.

Instead, North Dallas found the net in the first OT period off of a corner kick by Daniel Ruano, who led North Dallas all night.

His corner bent into traffic in front of the net and Jorge Gutierrez whipped his left leg and caught just enough of the ball to slip it just to the right of a diving Hildebrand.

It was just that quick, just that sudden..

“It was a dogfight,’’ Jones said. “We knew it would be one. I hate that it came down to a little set piece play like that.’’

Corsicana, which made giant strides this season, played just as tough in the second 10-minute OT, but just couldn’t get the daylight at the end of a play to stick one in the net.

Finally, it was over, the game and the season.

But not what they did this year.

“We wanted to start a legacy,’’ said Jones, who has a very young team. “We wanted to make a difference. We went from fifth place (last year) to first place in the district this year.

“We turned the program around,’’ he said. “They made a statement. We lost tonight, but they made a statement.’’

 

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